THE OHARA FOUNDATION FOR BOLIVIAN CHILDREN
7680 Hayward Ave., Ventura, CA 93004
Phone (805) 258-9653 – email: email@example.com
I.R.S. FEDERAL I.D. 20-5807568
vowed to do our best to help our people and in 2005 we started a program of monthly contributions.
The city of Trinidad (the Most Holy Trinity) was founded in 1686 by a Jesuit priest, Padre Cipriano Baracé, on the shores of the Mamoré river. Later on, in 1769, pestilence and floods along the riverbanks caused the city to be relocated on the shores of Arroyo de San Juan. Trinidad is the capital city of the department of Beni with a population of approximately 100,000 inhabitants and it is located at an altitude of 237 meters above sea level. It has a tropical and stifling climate, regularly hot all year-round. It is one of the most forgotten parts of Bolivia. It has taken 320 years for a limited
amount of progress and technology to arrive in this dusty, perpetually hot and humid city where financial resources are scarce. Education, social and health programs are few and insufficient. Poor children and old people are especially hard hit by adverse circumstances and they depend heavily on the generous contributions of a few dedicated people.
PRESENT FOUNDATION WORK
We have focused our efforts in helping four different local groups in Trinidad:
a. Children who live in the local prison. Pope Francis I recognized this horrendous situation while visiting prisons in South America in 2015. Bolivian law allows a prisoner to reside in jail with his family. This has created a subculture of inhuman poverty in which children are subjected to hunger, illness and other social problems. Two nuns from the local girls school, “Colegio Madre Seton,” assist the children by providing breakfast and some medicines.
b. Children who live alongside the Mamoré River (an affluent of the Amazon River) are difficult to help since they are scattered along the long stretch of the river which periodically suffers heavy flooding. An American nun, Sister Geralda McClosky, has spent most of her life traveling along this river assisting those children, instituting school centers where the kids can live and study. Most of our contributions go to this project since food in those parts is difficult to obtain.
c. Another portion of our contibution is given to “Sedeges,” Trinidad’s local social service agency which supports two separate orphanages. Conditions in these two places are primitive but at least the children are assured food and shelter.
d. A fourth part of our contributions is given to Father Adam Bravo Mendoza who runs a lunch service from Monday through Saturday for 120 elderly poor at the Santa Cruz parish in Trinidad.
Our contributions have been acknowledged through official letters, photos and also receipts that document the use of the funds.
GOALS OF THE FOUNDATION
Financial: We would like to expand the level of support and provide for a more stable financial basis that assures a constant flow of monies. I have dedicated the entire future proceeds of my novel ASK LUZ to this end.
Tax incentives: By incorporating our Charity and registering with the Federal Government, we can enable donors to take advantage of tax deductions. We were granted non profit public benefit corporation on September 19, 2006 by Bruce McPherson, Secretary of State, State of California, U.S.A.
Infrastructure: Our eventual goal is to build and support a vocational school-orphanage in Trinidad for 100 or more children.
Minimum overhead. Our goal is to limit expenses to a maximum of 2%.